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Arts Complex Hosts Open House Feb. 28 in Conjunction with Transfer Eagle EXPO
2/18/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University announces the Arts Complex Open House in conjunction with the FGCU Transfer Eagle EXPO, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28 to celebrate the arts and the growth of the FGCU arts program.

The free event will feature live music by Fort Myers band Rhythm Culture, a sale of student art, tours of the facility, and a variety of arts demonstrations and hands-on activities for children of all ages.

     From 10 a.m. to noon, attendees can visit an open rehearsal of the FGCU Theater Program production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It.

     Fort Myers artist Andy Browne will use flora on a gelatin base to present printmaking techniques at 10:30 a.m. and throughout the day.

     At 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., FGCU ceramics professor Patricia Fay will give throwing demonstrations on the potter’s wheel.

     Gallery director Kate Kramer will lead a discussion on new media and introduce Fiona Tan’s Facing Forward beginning at 11:30 a.m. The piece is from the series “Memorials of Identity: New Media from the Rubell Family Collection” currently on exhibit in the 1,800-square foot Arts Complex art gallery.

     In addition to painting and drawing lessons throughout the event, a didgeridoo workshop with FGCU sculpture student Brett Van der Heyden will teach attendees how to construct and decorate a version of this Australian instrument, and get pointers on how to play it.

The 30,000-square foot Arts Complex is comprised of five state-of-the-art studio classrooms, a woodshop, performance and rehearsal spaces, two soundproof practice rooms and a large podium classroom.

For more information, contact Lorna Patrick at (239) 590-7238.


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